Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2017: Salsa, Bomba, Merengue,Reggaeton, Bachata, Latin Jazz, Bolero and more

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Another year

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:07 (six months ago) Permalink

Added bolero into title, but not Cubaton (decided the latter is covered by reggaeton).

curmudgeon, Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:10 (six months ago) Permalink

Thanks

The Magnificent Galileo Seven (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:12 (six months ago) Permalink

I hope something worth talking about happens this year, other than the deaths of musical giants.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:44 (six months ago) Permalink

From timberamayor's new timba thread over on salsaforums. This is from last year, but given the speed at which the subject of this thread moves, I think that's okay. Some nice things going on, on this:

https://www.facebook.com/170477913015585/videos/1303029873093711/

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:53 (six months ago) Permalink

The vocals are the most appealing part for me.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 1 January 2017 18:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Interesting Bandcamp article on Puerto Rican punk-salsa group Orquesta El Macabeo...

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Wednesday, 4 January 2017 18:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Just realized it's been over five years since the last Michael Stuart album. How about an album of him singing some new salsa dura and not more tribute to this tribute to that?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 15:20 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.latinomusiccafe.com/2014/07/27/michael-stuart-rocks-with-return-to-salsa-single/

Yep. Saw this 2014 one-off song from him. He did some live gigs in 2016, but no album.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:11 (six months ago) Permalink

I completely missed that song. Will need to listen a few times. On first listen, it seems more serviceable than truly noteworthy.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 6 January 2017 18:55 (six months ago) Permalink

N#d S*blette has been raving about this group who have been visiting NYC this weekend. They're at the SOBs club in NYC tonight and the below is from the club's site

SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO

As diplomatic tensions thaw, the dance floor heats up with the U.S. debut of one of Cuba’s most essential bands. Winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Traditional Tropical Album, Septeto Santiaguero honed its sound at Santiago de Cuba’s famous nightclub Casa de la Trova. Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades, the band knows how to keep crowds moving wherever they go.

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 January 2017 20:44 (six months ago) Permalink

Pareles in NY Times :

Septeto Santiaguero, which was formed in 1995 to revive 1940s- and 1950s-style Cuban pop with a slight twist: adding a conga drummer to make it an eight-man septet. Driven by conga and bongos, topped with acoustic guitar and solos plucked on the tres, with trumpet cheekily answering the singers, it was sly, romantic, definitively Cuban and not just for local delight.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 January 2017 20:37 (six months ago) Permalink

they were... fine? don't get the hubbub.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Friday, 13 January 2017 18:36 (six months ago) Permalink

Cubanophiles will be that way.

Balancing reverence for tradition with an adventurous streak that has sparked collaborations with salsa stars like José Alberto “El Canario” and Rubén Blades

Are they supposed to represent "the new?" Pretty cutting edge. (Not that there is much of a cutting edge at this point.)

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 13 January 2017 18:43 (six months ago) Permalink

^ That reminds me of a friend interviewing Marcos Valle and asking if he would be playing mostly old stuff and he said "no, I've got some more recent stuff too" and as an example mentioned a single of his from the 80's.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 16 January 2017 10:41 (six months ago) Permalink

Residente from Calle 13 has a NSFW video for his new solo song "Somos Anormales". Its ok

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 05:26 (six months ago) Permalink

“I think he should have more salsa at his events.”

Colón unfamiliar with the taco bowl tweet apparently.

A big shout out goes to the lamb chops, thos lamb chops (ulysses), Wednesday, 18 January 2017 18:04 (six months ago) Permalink

Ugh; Willie Colón comes out pro-Trump.

Some refreshingly sensible comments from him there, though I wouldn't criticize performers who want to boycott the inauguration. Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won. He's not the only lifetime Democrat to vote for Trump.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:54 (six months ago) Permalink

But then again, I don't believe in open borders either.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 19 January 2017 00:55 (six months ago) Permalink

Considering who Trump was running against, I am relieved he won.

OK, bye now. I have no interest in continuing this conversation.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:04 (six months ago) Permalink

I don't agree with Rudiph either. Trump's Supreme Court nominees will not be helpful

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 January 2017 17:54 (six months ago) Permalink

Just watched some video of afro-Venezuelan singing and percussion ensemble Betsayda Machado y la Parranda el Clavo at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Good stuff

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 January 2017 17:55 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/20/arts/music/residente-calle-13-solo-album-interview.html?_r=0

Residente traced his genealogy and traveled to those various parts of the world linked to his heritage to record his new solo effort. Plus he discovered he's 3rd cousins of the Hamilton director Miranda. I haven't heard the new album yet.

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 January 2017 16:26 (six months ago) Permalink

I forget whether I have heard Don Omar song that's #1 on a Billboard chart

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 18:25 (five months ago) Permalink

I was the only vote for Ile: Canibal in the Voice critics poll song/track list

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 21:02 (five months ago) Permalink

This year is the 20th anniversary of Silencio = Muerte: Red Hot + Latin. Remember when "rock en español" was a thing?

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 18:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Less crossover interest but things like the LAMC still happen

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) ... JULY 11th - 15th, 2017 NEW YORK CITY REGISTRATION COMING SOON

plus this:

http://www.npr.org/sections/altlatino/2017/01/11/509141239/the-alt-latino-spring-2017-new-music-preview

Café Tacuba and others

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 19:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh, I know it still exists - the new Chicano Batman album is great. I mostly meant "a thing" as in "a thing you could get English-language editors to give a shit about."

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 19:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Sadly, too many editors (and music critics) seem to be only interested in English language indie, plus pop and rap

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Cuban acts remain trendy for some fests and concert halls. This is from the just announced New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest where Meghan Trainor and other big pop names will headline while on a smaller stage:

CUBA COMES TO JAZZ FEST:

Los Van Van ; Chucho Valdes Quintet ; Gente de Zona; Pedrito Martinez and the Rumba
; Telmary y Habana Sana of Cuba; Adonis y Osain del Monte of Cuba; Septeto Santiaguero of Cuba ; Changüí Guantánamo of Cuba; Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro of Cuba; Daymé Arocena of Cuba ; Conga Los Hoyos of Cuba; Grupo Caury of Cuba ;

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 January 2017 20:40 (five months ago) Permalink

I just turned in a Q&A with a Cuban metal band to Bandcamp. I included their answers in the original Spanish, alongside the translations, in case anyone reading was interested.

Don Van Gorp, midwest regional VP, marketing (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 27 January 2017 20:46 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Winner

Donde Están? by Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo

Best Tropical Latin Grammy winner at last night's award show

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 14:33 (five months ago) Permalink

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album: Ilevitable.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 13 February 2017 16:11 (five months ago) Permalink

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/7686370/jose-lugo-surprise-latin-winner-grammys

the award went posthumously to Lugo and his Guasábara Combo for Dónde Están?, his last album before he succumbed to cancer in June 2016.

Lugo, a pianist, producer and bandleader, was no stranger to the Grammys; in 2006, Gilberto Santa Rosa’s Directo al corazón, produced by Lugo, won Best salsa album. And Lugo himself was nominated for his album Guasábara in 2010.

But death is powerful when it comes to awards. Already respected as a musician, Lugo was suddenly front and center after battling cancer, and losing, at only 56 years old.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:26 (five months ago) Permalink

from that Billboard article: Fonseca, fresh from winning a Latin Grammy (for Best tropical song), seemed a shoe-in with his adventuresome Conexión.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2017 17:28 (five months ago) Permalink

Still haven't listened to those 2 but intend to

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 February 2017 04:50 (five months ago) Permalink

Eh the Fonseca album's pop sheen is too gloppy

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 February 2017 04:04 (five months ago) Permalink

Finally listened to the Grammy winning late Lugo and his Guasábara Combo-- Dónde Están?.

Nice solid salsa and a cut near the end that has a Brazilian carnival drums feel to it.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:26 (five months ago) Permalink

Ben Ratliff, former NY Times critic and others liked his late 2008 “Guasábara” (Norte) album that has a mini-orchestra on it with 9 horn players and 5 percussionists plus guest vocalists.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:35 (five months ago) Permalink

A current freelancer for NY Times on Latin jazz folks like Pedrito Martínez, Alfredo Rodríguez and Arturo O’Farrill and David Virelles and bassist Luques Curtis. Martinez is a great rumba percussionist and more.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/10/arts/music/grammys-latin-jazz.html?_r=0

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 17:53 (five months ago) Permalink

gio's good people and a solid writer

removed from the rain drops and drop tops of experience (ulysses), Tuesday, 21 February 2017 18:35 (five months ago) Permalink

He used to be down here in the DC area and yes, good people. As for what he's writing about--As I have previously noted here--too much Latin jazz seems formulaic to me in a manner that does not wow me, but I will give a shot to listening to some of the folks he mentioned that I have not previously heard.

Salsa can also be criticized as formulaic, but I like that Pedro Lugo farewell release more than most Latin jazz.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:14 (five months ago) Permalink

Jose Lugo I mean.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:19 (five months ago) Permalink

Listened to a bit of Jose Lugo and his orchestra on the 2008 Guasábara album. Good stuff. He's not quite hard enough salsa I am guessing for some, but his arrangements aren't wimpy either.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening now to last year's album. They sound like they'd rather be playing bad Latin jazz. The rhythm is solid though.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Lugo was an arranger and band leader at times for singers like Santa Rosa and Manuelle that you have rarely praised, so I don't expect you to be impressed

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 16:57 (five months ago) Permalink

Lugo did lose in the Latin musicians only Grammys held earlier:

Best Salsa Album
Grupo Niche, 35 Aniversario
WINNER: India, Intensamente India Con Canciones De Juan Gabriel
José Lugo & Guasábara Combo, ¿Dónde Están?
Bobby Valentín, Mi Ritmo Es Bueno
Johnny Ventura, Tronco Viejo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:19 (five months ago) Permalink

He also used to play with another nominee there-- Bobby Valentin

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 February 2017 18:32 (five months ago) Permalink

i would presume the latter; there's lots in the field to choose from, a broad variety of popular styles and not many folks on this board who specialize in latin popular music. fewer still who like to talk about it!

Bobson Dugnutt (ulysses), Thursday, 13 April 2017 14:53 (three months ago) Permalink

It's the state of the music in the styles that the people who post on this thread care about. I'm certainly not that interested in Latin music in the broadest sense, as such.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 13 April 2017 15:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Just for comparison for anyone who cares who isn't already familiar with it (probably an empty category), this is the original Dejame Sonar recorded by Tito Puente and Tony Vega. This is why we don't need the new, somewhat softer version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvlTkhsJQhs

Way more bite.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:03 (three months ago) Permalink

As others have said, I wish Cubans would go back to singing like Benny More sang, and drop the annoying rootsy nasal/old lady timbre. I know a lot of people like it and it's got roots in rumba, but I find it really annoying.

_Rudipherous_, Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Just watched 2014 movie "The Chef" and I like the soundtrack. Available on 2 volumes. It includes:

https://www.amazon.com/Original-Soundtrack-Album-Various-Artists/dp/B00JO739MG

I Like It Like That

by Pete Rodriguez

Homenaje Al Beny (Castellano Que Bueno Baila Usted)

by Gente de Zona

Bang Bang--Joe Cuba

Kinda obvious to some stuff, but hey, still nice to hear

curmudgeon, Friday, 14 April 2017 15:10 (three months ago) Permalink

How some of DC's latin dance community does it:

TWO Ballrooms - Salsa/Mambo y Bachata/Kizomba/Zouk
★ Dancing til 3am

Mr. Mambo's 12yrs Anniversary Bash is Going Down SAT APRIL 22, 2017 w/Mardi Gras Masquarade Theme at the Hollywood Ballroom!

Join us in Celebrating DC's Premier & Longest Running Salsa & Bachata Social Consistently serving the DC/MD/VA Latin Dance Community with the TOP Local Instructors, HOTTEST DJs, and the BEST Dancefloors for the past 12 years!

SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS:
★ Special Workshop & Performance by NYC's Jacob Lugo & Selena Tornez
★ Mardi Gras Theme, Dress Code Festive w/Masquerade Masks
★ (4) Salsa & Bachata Workshops w/Top Local Instructors
★ Show at 11:30pm- More Groups TBA
★ TWO Ballrooms - Salsa/Mambo y Bachata/Kizomba/Zouk
★ Dancing til 3am

WHERE: HOLLYWOOD BALLROOM DANCE CENTER, 2126 Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring, MD

curmudgeon, Monday, 17 April 2017 15:11 (three months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I didn't make it to the above. Nor did I fly down to New Orleans this year where Jazzfest's first weekend included a special Cuban segment with various groups. Jon Pareles in the NY Times:

He also liked, among others --TELMARY Y HABANA SANA The Cuban poet, rapper and songwriter Telmary Diaz didn’t rely on her words alone to get across her socially conscious messages. She had a full Latin band, playing the sinuous rhythms of son and speedy, percussive rumba, surrounding her with melodic refrains.

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 May 2017 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

https://noisey.vice.com/en_uk/article/daddy-yankee-luis-fonsi-bieber-despacito-remix-billboard-singles-charts

This song was huge even before they added Bieber to the remix. Pop with touches of bachata romantic softness . Apparently the biggest Spanish language crossover since the Macarena

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 03:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Jazz critic Larry Blumenfeld on the Cubans at Jazzfest in New Orleans this year--

• A 150-strong Cuban delegation energized jazzfest in profound and varied ways. Los Van Van rocked the Congo Square stage, as did Adonis y Osain Del Monte. But mostly, The Cuban Cultural Exchange Pavilion was the magnet for anyone with ears, hips and a heart. (The ropa vieja in back wasn’t bad, either.) Standout shows here (and on other stages) came from rapper Telmary y Habana Sana and singer Daymé Arocena.

• Though roughly a dozen performances at jazzfest (and a few outside the Fair Grounds) percussionist and singer Pedrito Martinez was an unstoppable engine of power and ingenuity, leading his own quartet and co-leading a Rumba Project with percussionist Román Díaz. Their Rumba Project—different in each of its several iterations—was simply the place to be within jazzfest’s swarm of must-see shows.

http://blogs.artinfo.com/blunotes/2017/05/in-around-the-2017-new-orleans-jazz-heritage-festival/

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 May 2017 01:26 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP bassist for the Fania All-Stars and many others Sal Cuevas.

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 13 May 2017 13:09 (two months ago) Permalink

RIP. Dude played with everyone in NY from late 70s to so point in 80s .

Wiki take --

While maintaining the traditional flavor and concepts of authenticity within Latin music, he managed to fuse all those other "worlds" into his bass playing technique resulting in the creation of a completely unique style. On some recordings for instance, he would play very intricate horn section lines or phrases on the bass in unison with the horns, which until then was virtually unheard of within the genre, as was his funky bass slapping and string snapping technique which today has become a norm for bassist within Latin "salsa" music thanks to Sal. He also incorporated the technique of "tapping" in his Latin bass playing.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 May 2017 21:00 (two months ago) Permalink

a few reggaeton tracks i've been digging a lot :

karol g ft ozuna - hello (it's from late last year, but i only discovered it recently and it's great)
wisin ft ozuna - escapate conmigo
justin quiles - egoista
j balvin - sigo estrañandote

previews for yandel ft farrusko - despacio are very promising as well.

rusty_allen, Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw Wisin y Yandel years ago, but have lost track since they started doing more solo efforts.

curmudgeon, Friday, 26 May 2017 14:10 (one month ago) Permalink

I should see this:

Fri. June 9 7:30– 9:00 p.m. at Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC for free |movie-- Fania All-Stars: Live in Africa
New York City’s legendary salsa group performs before the Muhammad Ali/George Foreman fight

I think Celia Cruz was there with them. There's a new album out of the African performers from that concert btw.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 1 June 2017 15:25 (one month ago) Permalink

what's the album title?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 2 June 2017 15:55 (one month ago) Permalink

new double CD called Zaire 74: the African Performers (Wrasse)

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 June 2017 16:23 (one month ago) Permalink

gracias

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 2 June 2017 17:03 (one month ago) Permalink

NY Times Popcast hosted by Jon Caramanica (that I have not listened to yet) . Headline on the page--Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required

Popcast

excerpt from the intro to it

The last few years have seen numerous shifts in the sound of Spanish-language pop: Colombian reggaeton (J Balvin, Maluma) giving a bright sheen to the Puerto Rican original; Dominican dembow (El Alfa) emerging as an eccentric counterweight to reggaeton; and in the last couple of years, Latin trap (Fuego, Bad Bunny), a Spanish-language take on American hip-hop, growing in Puerto Rico and elsewhere in the United States.

On this week’s Popcast, for a conversation about Latin music’s speedy and constant evolution, Mr. Caramanica is joined by Isabelia Herrera, the music editor of Remezcla, and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, the culture editor of Jezebel.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/02/arts/music/popcast-latin-pop-despacito.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fmusic&action=click&contentCollection=music®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront

curmudgeon, Friday, 2 June 2017 22:05 (one month ago) Permalink

karol g ft ozuna - hello (it's from late last year, but i only discovered it recently and it's great)

This has that Colombian pop-reggaeton flavor. Shakira's latest has some songs that sound a bit like this (and vice versa)

curmudgeon, Saturday, 3 June 2017 04:16 (one month ago) Permalink

wacky cover art

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

x-post to me-

Missed Karol G. at an El Zol radio station fest in a football stadium parking lot this past Sunday. Video clip the station tweeted looked good. #veranozol

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 June 2017 14:44 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.mcny.org/exhibition/rhythm-power

This Museum of the City of New York Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York exhibit opens Wed. June 14

Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. The exhibition also looks at the role of record companies and stores in supporting and promoting the movement, and salsa’s often-overlooked ties to activism in the city. Rhythm & Power features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life.

Want to see this. But $30 for the July 14th walking tour! I dunno. There's a July 19th free event-- DJ Joey Carvello of Mobile Mondays! and Christian Martir of Sociedad Records will spin a fiery mashup of Latin-infused beats from salsa, boogaloo, and merengue to cumbia and Latin disco and conga player Tito Sandoval will perform. Participate in an all-levels dance lesson with legendary instructor Franck Muhel and try art-making activities inspired by salsa’s often overlooked ties to social activism.

$20 Sept. 17 event--Jose Condo and Ola Fresca band plus panel discussion

http://www.mcny.org/event/when-people-dance-salsa-power-and-performance-new-york-city

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 June 2017 15:03 (one month ago) Permalink

karol g ft ozuna - hello (it's from late last year, but i only discovered it recently and it's great)

This has that Colombian pop-reggaeton flavor. Shakira's latest has some songs that sound a bit like this (and vice versa)

^^ yeah, it has some of those vibes. only heard 2 singles from her latest, but while i felt they were ok and enjoyed her return to reggaton, none of them came nowhere near the brilliance of 'tortura' - raising the bar a little too high i know.

rusty_allen, Monday, 12 June 2017 18:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Lots of praise for Ozuna on that NY Times popcast/ podcast mentioned above that I finally listened to. Fuego, a Miami-based reggaeton/trap rapper who started in the DC/MD area gets some attention on that too

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 June 2017 18:30 (one month ago) Permalink

i really like romeo santos's new single "imitadora" (except the sung english part lol). the swirls and synths in the arrangement are an unexpected but lovely touch.

dyl, Friday, 23 June 2017 17:50 (one month ago) Permalink

That Romeo Santos single sounded okay on first listen. I wish he'd dropped the spoken stuff but I guess that's never going to happen.

Unbeknownst to me, remastered digital (and probably vinyl) reissues of Fania albums have continued seriously, in the past couple years:

http://salsaforums.com/threads/fania-recent-re-releases.33023/

And it looks like these might be on Spotify. At any rate, Louie Ramirez y Sus Tesos is now there. That has one of my favorites, Azuquita covering "En un Beso la Vida." It's an odd, uneven album. Not bad, but is it really good? The album needed remastering though, so maybe that will make a difference in how I hear it. I have an old CD copy of it and it's pretty muddy sounding.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The strings and somewhat saccharine sounds at the beginning of the album opener, "Paula C" turn me off a bit. But I like Ruben Blades' delivery. A lot of late 70s salsa could arguably be described as experimental. You've got disco strings alongside borrowings from fusion and maybe inspirations from progressive rock. Not on this album, but in general, in that late 70s time-frame. It doesn't all sound like that, but I think a fair amount does. Some of it works fantastically well, some of it sounds like they were striving for something that didn't quite gel.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think Romeo Santos has a fantastic voice, I just wish he'd drop some of the schtick.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think he's doing alright without my career advice though.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Louie Ramirez y Sus Tesos, just a typical late 70s salsa album with instrumental covers of two songs from Abbey Road, and featuring three different major vocalists.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Did he borrow those Tesos from Fruko or is that Fruko's real name?

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 June 2017 02:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Haha, I borrowed them from Fruko! They are really his Amigos. Oops.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Yeah, this version of Something is still a problem for me. It doesn't really fall into the so bad it's good category either (maybe because parts of it are good?).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The name of the album, to be clear is LOUIE RAMIREZ Y SUS AMIGOS. I fucked up.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 30 June 2017 02:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I think the cover of Because is more tolerable. Is it done as a danzon?

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lol

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:04 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Anyhow, I still think the Azuquita songs on the album are the best of the bunch. He really shines on these songs.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

(I haven't actually listened to this album straight through in a matter of years, despite owning a copy.)

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Roberto Roena's La Octava Maravilla is fantastic, and I have a flawed, incomplete mp3 copy. That was reissued last year, digitally, as well.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 04:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sure would be nice to have original release dates on these Fania reissues in Spotify.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 18:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the swirls and synths in the arrangement are an unexpected but lovely touch.

Listening again. They are a nice touch. I think what's surprising is how strong the sounds are, rather than the sort of watercolor synth washes one might expect.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 14:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Also, love the guitar right at 2:58. More of that. Less of "the kiiing."

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 14:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Can't stop listening to it right now, despite the bits I don't like.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Funny, I don't remember posting that

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oh, wait

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 1 July 2017 15:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sorry. Maybe adding an "o" will help.

I suppose you don't have much time for Romeo Santos? I have managed to mostly avoid bachata for a couple years, so new Romeo Santos (the best of the pop bachata world) is more welcome to me than it might have been a little while ago.

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechos (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 1 July 2017 16:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I am curious about young Peruvian salsa singer Cesar Vega. No reggaeton and bachata for him, I don't think

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 July 2017 18:04 (four days ago) Permalink

Bought PJ Harvey tix for tonight, so will miss the late announced Septeto Santiaguero from Cuba gig in DC tonight. I liked the 2 YouTube videos I saw. Nothing groundbreaking, but enjoyable

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 July 2017 16:35 (three days ago) Permalink


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